EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP: THE AUDIENCE CREATES THE TEXT
Alternative conceptions of educational leadership that challenge the performativity culture do notÂ appear substantively to alter the trajectory of practitionerâ€™s everyday choices. This article uses as dataÂ the responses from three different audiences to a presentation on such alternative conceptions. TheÂ three groups were academics attending an educational leadership conference, circuit managersÂ as part of a post-project workshop, and a group of aspirant school rectors in a training diplomaÂ programme. The first two groups were South African and the third a Mauritian audience. TheÂ audience responses show how they subverted, re-interpreted and jettisoned the message of theÂ presentation. Three vignettes constitute the analysis of the audiencesâ€™ foregrounding of the livedÂ complexities of making alternative leadership choices. The article suggests we need to be awareÂ of how and why practitioners will choose or not to become alternative proponents of the dominantÂ discourses around â€˜educational qualityâ€™.
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